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The Texas Association of Business (TAB) honored State Representative Tony Dale with its highest award, the Champion For Free Enterprise. This marks the third consecutive session that Representative Dale is recognized with TAB’s highest legislative award.

“I appreciate the Texas Association of Business’ recognition of me as a Champion For Free Enterprise,” said Dale. “My wife Mary and I are both small business owners and we understand the necessity for policies that promote strong job growth. I remain focused on fostering an environment that focuses on attracting jobs, promotes economic prosperity and creates a thriving workforce”.

The Texas Association of Business represents companies from small businesses to the largest multi-national corporations in nearly every community in Texas. TAB works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make the state’s economy the strongest in the world.

Representative Dale is a husband, father, U.S. Army veteran and small business owner. He and his wife Mary, owner of The Mary Dale Law Firm, live in Cedar Park where they raise their two daughters. He is Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and is a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is Chairman of the Texas House Energy Caucus. He is a member of the Cedar Park and Leander Chambers of Commerce. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

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Less than four weeks ago American Legion Post 911 dedicated the Central Texas Gold Star Families Memorial Monument which honors the families who have lost a loved one in military service. I am among the citizens who finds great distaste in the controversy in the national news related to a Member of Congress, the President and who said what and how did they say it.
 
I hope everyone just takes a deep breath and pauses.
 
First, these families have been through a lot and have faced challenges you would not wish on anyone. They deserve our respect, gratitude and compassion. I wish there were no Gold Star Families, but there are. I know many of them and as you would imagine they each handle their loss in very individual ways. I know they also share a bond with each other as members of a group that no one wants to be a member of.
 
As it relates to the current President and former Presidents no one will ever be able to convince me that they do not feel the pain of these loses in a very personal way. I suspect it is impossible to not be greatly affected by the awesome responsibility of being commander-in-chief.
 
We as citizens should focus more on putting our arms around our Gold Star Families and supporting them. You walk among them and you may not even know it. If you really care about Gold Star Families I encourage you to donate to an organization called TAPS – Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors. It is an excellent organization that helps heal Gold Star Families all across the nation. I also encourage you to visit the Central Texas Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the Cedar Park Veterans Park and say a prayer for the families and thank their service member for the high price they paid for you and me.
 
These are our warrior’s families, our neighbors and our friends. I hope that good judgement will prevail and if you are compelled to comment perhaps you could say a word of thanks and support to our Gold Star Families instead of making political statements.
 
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Click the image to watch the KXAN story.

Last session I authored legislation to tackle the issue of inappropriate student/teacher relationships. Our schools need to be safe areas where kids can learn and adults do not prey on children. We were successful in strengthening the law as it relates to preventing teachers from being passed from school district to school district, but the bill did not address unlicensed people who work in these educational environments. I filed HB 1799 to address this issue, but it did not pass. I plan on working on similar legislation in the next session. Here is a KXAN story about why we need to address this area of concern.

 
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State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) has been named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) for his role in advancing conservative principles in the 85th Legislative Session.

“I am honored to receive the Courageous Conservative award for a third consecutive session.  I am proud of what we accomplished this past session. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to pass conservative legislation that follows the principles laid out by TCC,” said Dale.

“Representative Dale’s work to promote liberty and limited government was critical in passing conservative legislation that will give Texans more of the freedom they deserve,” said Rep. James Frank, President of TCC.  “TCC believes that the principles or our nation’s founding and our state’s founding are worth fighting for, and we’re honored that Rep. Dale stands with us.”

Courageous Conservative awards are calculated each legislative session based on about 250 votes that align with TCC’s four main principles: limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Since its founding in 1985, TCC has served as the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature. TCC is committed to winning legislative debates to advance conservative policies that improve the lives of all Texans. State Rep. Dale is a member of the board of TCC.

State Representative Tony Dale is Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and is a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is Chairman of the Texas House Energy Caucus. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

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Following each legislative session Rice University Professor Mark Jones calculates the Liberal-Conservative ranking of the Texas House and Senate. His chart is a comparative ranking of where lawmakers fall on the ideological scale relative to one another. He uses the same method that is used to analyze roll-call votes cast by Members of the U.S. Congress. His 2017 ranking compared 1,460 non-lopsided roll-call votes taken during the session.

On the 2017 ranking I am tied for as the 23rd most conservative member of the 98-member strong Republican Caucus. As a life-long conservative Republican I strive not to vote in some rote way that produces a particular score on someone scorecard, but rather to always keep the needs and desires of my constituents first. I always stay true to core conservative principles of liberty, free market principles, reasonable and limited regulations, low taxation, and limited government.

Even though I earned this credential recently my journey in the Republican Party started in 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president.  In addition to my history of civic and elected service in Williamson County I’ve served as a College Republican President, College Republican State Co-Chair, intern at a state Republican Party for four years and served as a Republican Precinct Chair in WilCo for nine years.  I’ve honored to have attended the 1988 Republican National Convention as a volunteer and 20 years later I became an elected Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Today I serve on the board of the Texas Conservative Coalition working with my House colleagues to formulate and pass conservative legislation.  My commitment to conservative principles and action runs deep.

Serving in the legislature is a serious responsibility that approach thoughtfully and humbly. As your state representative I thank you for your continued support and prayers as together we work to keep Texas a shining example for the rest of the nation.

 

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Can you imagine voting over 2,000 times in 140 days? It can be a daunting and intimidating prospect but my upbringing, my education, my avocation to community service and my life-long dedication of being true to core conservative principles helps guide me everyday.

Recently the Conservative Roundtable of Texas named me a 2017 Effective Conservative. Effective Conservatives are Texas legislators who champion specific conservative solutions that promoted free market principles, reasonable and limited regulations, adequate and reliable infrastructure, an educated and healthy workforce, low taxation, and efficient government.

In the recently completed regular session only about 18% of all bills filed made it to the Governor’s desk for his signature. I was able to pass 38% of my bills to include important criminal justice reforms such as addressing inappropriate student/teacher relationships, targeting online predators and championing laws to help the victims of sexual assault.

The Conservative Roundtable of Texas is a coalition of dedicated business professionals, community leaders and engaged citizens who are committed to ensuring that Texas remains a national and world leader for job creation, economic growth and quality of life. They value solutions-oriented conservatism—free-market principles, low taxation, reasonable and limited regulations, adequate and reliable infrastructure, an educated and healthy workforce, and efficient government.

Thank you to the Conservative Roundtable of Texas for this recognition. I pledge to continue to be a conservative legislator who delivers results.

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State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) announced today that he seeking reelection to House District 136 representing southwestern Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives. The district consists of the communities of Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock. Dale is a husband, father, small business owner, Army veteran and public servant.

“As a Member of the Texas House, I strive to provide effective, conservative leadership for Williamson County,” Dale said. “I’m proud of the legislation that I have passed to address inappropriate teacher/student relationships as well as my work to protect children from online predators and to assist the victims of crime, especially sexual assault victims. If the voters choose to return me as their representative, I will continue to serve them with integrity and dedication.”

During his legislative tenure, Dale has consistently supported legislation to secure the Texas/Mexico border as well as crack down on sanctuary cities. He is a leader in child protection, advocating going after criminals who extort minors online or solicit children online for inappropriate purposes. During the recently completed session, he passed a bill criminalizing the possession and distribution of lewd images of children that are frequently used to promote child pornography. In late 2016, Dale was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the House Working Group on Child Protective Services Reform. In that capacity, he participated in the successful legislative initiative to transform the ailing CPS system.

“I’m a committed conservative, but I’m not afraid to work in a bipartisan manner to advance policies that are good for Texas,” Dale said. “I won’t compromise my principles when it comes to issues such as life or the Second Amendment, but, unlike what we see in Washington, D.C., we can solve problems when we put Texas first.”

Dale is vice chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is a former member of the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and the Energy Resources Committee. He is chairman of the House Energy Caucus and deputy floor leader for the Republican Caucus. The Hill Country News Reader Poll named him “Best Elected Official” in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013. He and his wife Mary Lopez Dale have been married for 26 years and their two daughters attend Leander ISD schools. They attend Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Austin.

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State Representative Tony Dale was presented with the 2017 Community Builder Award by the Norton Moses Lodge, No 336 in Leader at the group’s June monthly meeting. The Community Builder Award is the highest award that can be presented to an individual or group outside of the Masonic Fraternity. The award is designed to recognize non-Masons for outstanding contributions in time and effort in the promotion and support of their community as well as community development.

“I am honored that the members of the Norton Moses Lodge have nominated and selected me to receive the 2017 Community Builder Award,” said Rep. Dale. “The members of the lodge spend countless hours on improving our community and I am humbled that they would announce me as this year’s award recipient”.

In presenting the award Lodge Master Frank Allocca, Jr. cited Rep. Dale service in the United States Army, his participation on various boards in Williamson County, his tenure as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and the State Legislature as well as his participation in the Leander and Cedar Park Chambers of Commerce.

“I’ve focused on passing legislation to assist crime victims and to go after predators who target our children online as well as reforming our Child Protective Service not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it strengthens families and strong families build stronger communities,” said Dale. “I’m committed to continuing to strengthen our communities through such common sense policies”.

State Representative Tony Dale is Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is Chairman of the House Energy Caucus and Deputy Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.

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Thank you to the readers of the Hill Country News Newspaper for voting for me as Best Elected Official in the 2017 Reader Poll. I am truly honored. During the recently completed session I focused on reforming our Child Protective Services and tackling the issue of inappropriate student/teacher relationships. I also continued my work of protecting children from online predators and to put the law on the side of sexual assault victims. The Cedar Park, Leander and Brushy Creek communities are truly great places and I appreciate the opportunity you all give me to serve you at the state level. Thank you.

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